Building a Meaningful Metric Mousetrap


can be considered.

Constructing value-added metrics is a must. The metric must be perceived to solve problems or improve the life of those in the organization or application team. It is important to understand its benefit, determine the effort to collect the metric, identify who benefits most, and assess its value in the form of a value rating. When an individual metric (or set of metrics) is established, it is necessary to then monitor them to ensure the value rating remains constant and that they are actually used to manage the business. This also ensures a healthy and dynamic program. As old metrics lose their value-rating because they have either done their job in improving the organization or are not being used, then new steps can be considered to solve problems or improve the organization in new ways.


About the author

Mario  Moreira's picture Mario Moreira

Mario Moreira is a Columnist for the CM Journal, a writer for the Agile Journal, an Author, an Agile and CM expert for CA, and has worked in the CM field since 1986 and in the Agile field since 1998. He has experience with numerous CM technologies and processes and has implemented CM on over 150 applications/products, which include establishing global SCM infrastructures. He is a certified ScrumMaster in the Agile arena having implemented Scrum and XP practices. He holds an MA in Mass Communication with an emphasis on communication technologies. Mario also brings years of Project Management, Software Quality Assurance, Requirement Management, facilitation, and team building skills and experience. Mario is the author of a new book entitled “Adapting Configuration Management for Agile Teams” (via Wiley Publishing). It provides an Agile Primer and a CM Primer, and how to adapt CM practices for Agile Teams. Mario is also the author of the CM book entitled, “Software Configuration Management Implementation Roadmap.” It includes step-by-step guidance for implementing SCM at the organization, application, and project level with numerous examples. Also consider visiting Mario’s blog on CM for Agile and Agile adoption at

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